A Bench in Swanston Street

“Every picture tells a story…”

“Resting Place” is an installation located near the corner of Little Lonsdale Street and Swanston Walk, in front of the State Library. It is a whimsy sculpture of Bronwyn Snow (made in 1994 as commissioned by the city of Melbourne) which is a combination of aesthetic and function. It is a double-sided bench made of steel and jarrah with giant steel sunflowers and ivy.

According to Snow, this is ‘a stopping point, a resting place for the weary spiritual traveller’.

Pull Up a Seat

But on the other side of this chair lies a different story… a picture of gloom. It is where a homeless person sleeps at night without a roof on his/her head and just traces of empty can and food wrappers left on the side.


  1. Alison says:

    Hey Teresa
    Borders are open! I’m coming! How do I get in touch with you, I can’t find an email for you
    travelswithali@gmail.com is mine

    1. Teresa says:

      techcasten@gmail.com When are you planning to come?

      1. Alison says:

        I’ve sent my dates 😀

        1. Teresa says:

          I sent you some questions on the email!

  2. margaret21 says:

    Oh dear. A salutary tale that life really isn’t always easy.

    1. Teresa says:

      Yes, Margaret, homelessness doesn’t just happen in third world countries! So sad.

  3. lolaWi says:

    the reality of life, T. lovely bench, though! 🙂

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks Wi! Have a great week ahead!

  4. XingfuMama says:

    The bench is gorgeous. So sad that someone needs to sleep there.

    1. Teresa says:

      Yes, there are many homeless people in the city. It is such a pity. But then again…I think the Australian government are providing enough so I don’t really know the reason why.

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